Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Celebrate Adopt a Senior Rescue Pet Month!

The Ten Most Important Tips for Keeping Your Older Dog Healthy

1. Establish a relationship with the best veterinarian you can find. For most older dogs, it is advisable to make an appointment with the vet every six months. Your vet should be someone whom you trust and with whom you feel very comfortable.
2. Become informed about the conditions common to older dogs and the therapies used for them. Be alert to symptoms, bring them to your vet's attention promptly, and be prepared to discuss treatment options.
3. Feed your older dog the best food you can afford; consider feeding him a home-prepared diet and two small meals daily rather than one large one.
4. Don't overfeed your dog. Obesity will create health problems and shorten his life.
5. Consider the use of dietary supplements such as glucosamine/chondroitin for arthritis.
6. Give your senior dog adequate exercise, but adjust it to her changing abilities.
7. Attend to your dog's dental health. Brush her teeth daily and have them cleaned professionally whenever your vet advises it.
8. Tell your vet you wish to have your dog vaccinated only once every three years, as currently advised by the major veterinary associations.
9. Be diligent in controlling fleas and ticks, and keep your dog and his environment scrupulously clean.
10. Make your senior dog as much a part of your life as possible, and do all you can to keep him interested, active, happy and comfortable.
(Of course, these ten tips also apply in large part to young dogs, too.)
These topics are among those discussed in depth on the Senior Dogs Project website. See
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Are Dogs Good For Your Health?

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Feel like you ate too much yesterday? Looking to live life a little healthier today? Just grab your favorite dog, stroke her fur (lowers blood pressure), and take her for a walk (lots of benefits). Here’s a fun infographic showing how pets are good for your health. (I think I’ll try to stay out of the “death cat’s” way, though…)
Do you have personal experience with your dog helping your health in any way? Let us know!
(Infographic courtesy eBay Classifieds)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Celebrate Adopt a Senior Rescue Pet Month!


As part of Adopt a Senior Rescue Pet Month, please check out our video of some of our deserving senior dogs.  They are hoping to find a wonderful family in time for the holidays.   Many of them have lost their homes through no fault of their own - economic issues, death of their owners, family illness - all of these issues have impacted these wonderful dogs and they have lost the only family they have only known.   Please share this video with others who may be planning to add a new family member.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November is Adopt a Senior Rescue Dog Month

Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog*

1. Older dogs are housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.

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2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.
Focus to learn 3. Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly. 

Know what "no" means 4. Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs. 

Settle in with the "pack" 5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. 

Good at giving love 6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been given. 

WYSIWYG 7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first. 

Instant companions 8. Older dogs are instant companions -- ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do. 

Time for yourself 9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do. 

A good night's sleep 10. Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.
*Adapted from Labrador Retriever Rescue's "Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Rescue

Blizzard is a STAR!!!

Wow!  Week TWO and Blizzard remains our GSROC Roc Star! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blizzard is a STAR!!!

Blizzard, a 7 month old  GSD puppy is the most talked about GSROC dog this week!!  We can certainly undertstand why.   He is a beautiful white GSD with a soft, velvety coat.   He has a quiet personality until he feels comfortable and then his silly side emerges!  He is happily living with one of our foster families where he has made friends with his foster siblings and won over the hearts of all the people in the house.

Check out his page on our website. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Check out the video of the 2011 GSROC R'octoberfest celebration

Our 3rd annual R'octoberfest alumni celebration was held recently.  Jon Provost was our guest speaker and shared details of his television and movie career.  Our raffle contest was a big hit - lots of great prizes including 2 Beachcomber bicycles.   The dogs also had a chance to win prizes - we had contests for longest tail, best trick and more.   Check out this video for details.